Fugitive taken into custody after brief chase in Taylorsville

A fugitive was taken into custody by Unified Police officers in Taylorsville early Thursday morning. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLC Scanner

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, Jan. 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspect wanted on multiple felony warrants was taken into custody early Thursday morning after a short police chase, a tire spiking and the use of a containment field enhanced by the presence of K-9s.

“Tonight, we had our Taylorsville Street Crimes Unit develop some intelligence about a fugitive that was in the area,” said Lt.┬áBill Peterson, Unified Police Department, speaking at about 3 a.m. from the scene.

A detective spotted the vehicle reportedly being driven by the fugitive, Peterson said. Officers deployed a spike strip, which took out two tires on the suspect’s vehicle.

“We attempted a stop after that,” Peterson said. “The suspect vehicle fled. At that point, the suspect, who was the driver, got out and fled on foot.”

Peterson said a containment field was established, and K-9s were brought in for the search.

“Probably within five or six minutes of the containment and fleeing on foot, we went into a custody (status) with the suspect,” Peterson said.

A female passenger was detained and questioned. Peterson said the vehicle was filled with property, and officers planned to tow it to an evidence bay for examination.

“You never know in these situations, where you’ve got a fugitive on the run with many warrants. You never know what they’ve been up to,” Peterson said. “So it’s good to get him off the street. We will investigate it a little further and see if he’s been involved with any other crimes.”

The man’s name was not immediately released, but Peterson said the suspect would face multiple new charges, including one for driving the stolen vehicle he was found with.



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